Category Archives for "Composition & Arrangement"

developing your unique signature sound

10 Ways to Develop Your Unique Signature Sound

How do you stand out when there are SO many tracks being released each week? And you’re not even a professional producer yet?

Well, apart from high quality, the key is to develop your own, unique “signature sound”…the holy grail of music production!

In this post we take a look at:

1. What is a signature sound?
2. Why do you want one? 
3. How do you develop your own?

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How To Arrange Your Track In Under 5 Minutes!

One of the most frustrating parts of music production is getting stuck in a four or eight bar loop.

Over and over it goes….The more you listen to it; the more critical you become – swapping out sounds, melodies or other elements until you get sick of the very tune that you thought was an absolute killer a couple of hours ago (or, it’s changed by all recognition and you’ve lost the original vibe)!

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tension and release

Creating Tension & Excitement in Electronic Dance Music

Imagine this: You look out over the dance floor, the crowd is loving the tune, you’re loving the tune and everyone’s on the same level. This is bliss, and the tension & energy are building. They know it’s coming; you know it’s coming, you wait…wait…wait…then POW! The drop comes in and the room goes crazy.

That is the best feeling in the world, and it's what I love so much about Electronic Dance Music (and DJing); the excitement, the energy and the insane goosebumps. So, what is it that causes those peaks of excitement, and keeps our interest engaged?

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The Chainsmokers Production Secrets – "Closer (ft. Halsey)"

The Chainsmokers – “Closer (featuring Halsey)” was undeniably one of the biggest smash hits of 2016. It’s infectious melody and catchy groove works in clubs, in festivals, and on the radio, but what makes it so damn effective?...

Below is a detailed track analysis for you guys to get some exclusive insights into how “Closer” was made. If you want to learn some of The Chainsmokers production secrets, read on…

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how to write an EDM melody

How to Write a Melody in Your DAW

What makes a great track stand out? Well, it’s a combination of many different elements, but one of the most important is the melody. Why? Because this is what people remember, hum, or sing.

It doesn’t matter whether there is a vocal or not….a decent melody will bring your song to life. In this post we'll look at what makes a good melody, and how to write one in your DAW...

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how to use keys

Make Better EDM Using Keys And Scales

Imagine you could take any melody in your head, quickly translate it into your D.A.W (Digital Audio Workstation), then work out which chords, harmonies and bass notes will work with it and sound great. Having a basic knowledge of keys and scales (and how to use them) will allow you do to this.

If you know in which key you’re producing a song, you can use the notes you KNOW will sound good - without having to hit-and-miss it in the piano roll editor.

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